Sunday, October 5, 2014

WEEKEND RECAP: Eags win Montana Invite; SeattleU sweeps Viking XC Classic; Eggleston continues hot streak...

Here's a recap of what happened over the weekend with teams from Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Seattle, and Central Washington:

In Missoula, Eastern Washington won the men's competition at the Montana Invitational, squeezing out a two point victory over Montana State, 51-53, with Gonzaga third at 71 points.  On the women's side, the Eagles finished second to Montana State 46-57, with the Zags third with 64 points.

Gonzaga redshirt Willie Milan, competing unattached, was the overall winner of the men's 8k race, running 24:28.

Eastern's Vince Hamilton was first across the line for the Eagles, finishing 7th overall in 25:12.  Alex Kimsey was 10th in 25:25, followed by Stephen Bottoms in 18th in 25:40, Chris Schroll in 34th in 25:57, and Isaac Kitzan in 51st in 25:57.

Gonzaga's scorers included Max Kaderabek in 7th (25:36), Dillon Quintana in 18th (25:49), Benjamin Stout in 31st (25:53), Dan Amann in 50th (26:01), and Andy Thomas in 71st (26:11).

Sarah Reiter  (left/photo courtesy Eastern Washington University) of Eastern Washington won the women's 5k race in 17:29, five seconds ahead of Gonzaga's Amelia Evans.

Katie Mahoney was 5th in 17:51, followed by Berenice Penaloza in 7th (17:53), Paula Gil Echevarria in 14th (18:10), and Emily Hazen in 36th (19:14).

Gonzaga's other scorers were Jordan Thurston in 15th (18:11), Shelby Millis in 16th (18:13), Zoe Urcadez in 17th (18:21), and Lara Tuthill in 18th (18:24).

Eastern Washington coach Chris Zeller said, "This was the best team effort we've had on our men's side in a long time. I am pleased how we ran collectively from top to bottom. We really emphasized running as a team, not as individuals, and we showed a lot of depth. Our men only had a 45 second spread between our first and fifth runners, and a 14 second spread between our fourth and seventh runners."

In Portland, Seattle University swept both the men's and women's team competitions at the Viking Cross Country Classic hosted by Portland State University.

Gus Arroyo was SeattleU's top finisher in the men's 8k race, finishing fourth in 25:08, as the Redhawks scored 38 points to outdistance the host school by five points.

Sophie Curatilo won the women's title, running the 5k course in 16:49, as the Redhawks placed three runners in the top ten.

Taylor de Laveaga was sixth in 17:08, and Lila Rice was tenth in 17:28.

SeattleU scored a low of 43 to beat Portland State by ten points.

In Salem, Oregon, the Central Washington women's squad finished third in the Cardinal race at the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational, scoring 87 points, with Chico State winning with 45 points and host Willamette second with 52 points.

Dani Eggleston finished second overall in 17:56 over the 5k course, while All-American Connie Morgan was eighth in 18:19.

In the men's 8k, the Wildcats finished fifth overall with 187 points, as the University of Oregon won with a low of 16 points.

Rudy Spencer was Central's top runner across the line, finishing 32nd in a time of 25:44.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Eastern Washington, Gonzaga and Seattle University contributed to this report.

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